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About this site

As the number of releases has gone through the roof (and that diagram is full lengths only!), and my memory is in bad need of an upgrade, I decided to write down my experiences with new music, so that I could easily look up what the retarded remains of my brains wasn't able to remember.
In the very beginning, back in November 2013, I borrowed a folder on a different website that I managed, and I had to be a bit mindful of the content. In late April 2014 the site moved to Gorger.org where I finally had a realm of my own to roam free.
On the 5th of June 2015 a translated, but still incomplete site was published, and a month later the range for Impressions was revised.
The main concept is impressions and reviews of the best contemporary international metal. I try to cover the main events from "block-buster" bands, as well as débutantes and underground artists, within my preferred genres.

Promos:
I try to cover every release I receive promos for within my preferred preferences. I've had to grow more picky on what promos to accept in order to be able to give them all a fair chance trough an appropriate number of spins.
I mainly prioritize releases I have received promos for, even if I occasions hear other releases that I just have to write about. If you want to promote your music/band/label/artists than contact me.

Counter and Cookies

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Language

This site was in Norwegian only until 05.06.15. . Between family and my day job, I felt I was wasting as much time as I could listening and writing about new (or fairly new) releases. The urge to spread the word on solid metal releases eventually outgrew my wits.
I decided to add every post from 2015 to the English version, but soon realised I'd be working on this shit till new-years if I was to translate everything before publishing the new Gorger's Metal. Thus I still got alot of blanks to fill inn. My goal is to finish translating every piece before 2016.
I still write everything in Norwegian first, but I'll try my very best to translate new posts continuously.

In late September 2014, Islander over at No Clean Singing announced that he would take a small break in order to do some serious listening. I decided to contribute with some material, as the site have helped me discovered a lot of goodies. Also it gave me an opportunity to put my English to the test in the process. The english translations for these 17 reviews/impression can be read on NCS exclusively: Part I, Part II & Part III.

Explanation of the different tabs:

News

News is just an update once in a while. This is not a blog.
Also, I don't do conventional Metal News, as that would be a full-time job in itself, and super-human or not, I am only one man

Impressions


Impressions started out as a sorting-process in order to separate the wheat from the chaff before reviewing albums. It was soon clear that I never had time to do a full scale review of every good album even after this preliminary sorting. Impressions grew from a “first impression” based on a few (1-3) spins of each album to a more thorough mini-review based on typically 4-5 rounds. As a one-man-army Impressions help me promote (or slaughter) as many releases as possible.

Still, I can never be certain an album would not grow even stronger if heard five or ten times more, so this is still an impression in the true sense of the word, and thus to be taken with a grain of salt. This should nevertheless form a more than valid basis to determine if the release is worthy of your time and hard earned cash.
My original scale consisted of only Approved and Disapproved. An average Middling was added in February 2014, but a scale of three gradations was still scarce when it comes to separating albums with more nuance than just Good, medium and Poor, thus I revised and replaced V, vx and X with five indicators in July 2015. Hopefully this will serve as a better overall evaluation, ranking various grades more accurately.

PRE 1st July 2015:

old scale of impressions

Currant range:

new scale of impressions

Reviews

I rarely waste my time on things I don't already know I'm going to enjoy. I normally pick albums of high expectations to write reviews of, even if some albums end up end up in this section by accident. Therefore I have yet, during my first one and a half year, newer really slaughtered any albums. My dice marked I has been left untouched, and number II has just been used once. There is a solid overweight of IV and V here.

Although a couple of rounds often gives a fine impression, one might need to listen to an album an about ten times beforeit is firmly seated. Thus, it takes longer to write an album review than to describe an impression. Don't expect daily updates here.

The scale:
dice 1/6 This sucks! dice 2/6 Boring.
Waste of time.
dice 3/6 OK!
Listenable,
but also
discardable
dice 4/6 Pretty good.
Check it out.
dice 5/6 Very good
indeed.
Recommended!
dice 6/6 Supreme!
Excellent!
Classic!

Dynamic Range

DR - Dynamic Range is a measurable aspect of sound that indicates the range between high and low volume within each song. Higher DR provides greater contrast between soft-spoken and loud passages. Such a natural diversity between frail and delicate tones from quiet acoustic instrumentation to abrupt and fierce riffs and thundering drums gives the music a more natural and vital feel, creates more lively energy in the music. Good dynamic registry also provides more elbow room, breathing room or breathing space, which gives the various instruments and other audio elements more leeway, so that the entire spectrum of the music becomes audible in the sound. Good DR is especially welcome in intense music, which can be more tiresome to listen if it's sonically compressed.


About me

My pseudonym, Gorger, was suggested by a friend of mine, some 15 years ago, when I needed a chat name in them early days of them internets. I thought it sounded cool, so I grabbed it. To me it has no deeper meaning!
I've been listening to metal since the late 80's. Never ever tired of it!
Favorite styles includes (in no particular order):
Heavy Metal, Thrash, Black Metal (both true and other), Death Metal, Death/Doom, Funeral Doom, Folk, Viking-metall and some Goth Metal.
I have an ambivalent relation to:
NWOBHM, Technical Death Metal and Grind/Goregrind.
Not a big fan of:
Gothenburg Metal, Progressive Metal, "Epic/Female Fronted Metal", Power Metal, Post-Metal/Shoegaze, Doom and Stoner Doom.
I truly despise:
Metalcore/Nu-metal. This is not metal!

Partners in Crime

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~Gorger~